Yup, thats the name. And they’re not “nuts” at all, nor are they made from any part of a tiger! Tiger Nuts are tubers and are grown in the ground, much like a potato. But, they’re not potatoes… They’re Tiger Nuts. Confused?
We had never heard of Tiger Nuts before. In fact, we were contacted by Jack, the Chief Nut at Tiger Nuts (that’s his title, I swear!), through our Twitter page and were asked to try his product. We were very excited to check out this new product, especially since it’s new to the United States. So here’s our review!
We received some Tiger Nuts in the mail about two weeks ago, one Premium Organic and one Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts. We didn’t know much about the product so I went to their website for some information. I was shocked at how much information was available on this site! Very impressive amount of information! Specifically, the Health Benefits tab where it says “read more…”. Here’s a quote from their website describing what Tiger Nuts are:
First they are NOT a NUT, in fact they are a tuber. They have the all natural benefits that come from a food that has grown without pesticides, have a naturally sweet taste, that makes them ideal for diabetics, people who are lactose intolerant and those who have digestive problems. They are also perfect for people who want a healthy food that will seriously do them good while acting as an appetite suppressant at the same time.
Second they grow only in certain parts of the globe where the climate and soil are perfect, and our Tiger Nuts come from the very best soil and growing conditions anywhere in the world and that’s Valencia on the eastern coast of Spain. Just for the record, the other big area where Tiger Nuts are grown and consumed in Nigeria in Africa.
Third are an amazing couple of facts, Tiger Nuts have been a healthy food snack for over “Four Thousand Years” and in fact, the Egyptians made them the world’s first cultivated food.
Now let’s talk about some of the benefits:
- GLUTEN FREE
- NON Alergenic
- They are packed with Fiber – about 33%, now that’s a serious amount.
- Cholesterol FREE
- Have nutrients and vitamins up the wazoo, contain creatinine, which gives a huge energy boost, especially after exercise like yoga, pilates etc
- Have “Zero” trans fat and act as an appetite suppressant, especially unpeeled Tiger Nuts
- They are great for those who are lactose intolerant, or have digestive issues. They are even helpful in the prevention of colon cancer
- Have no nut traces – which means they are suitable for people with nut allergies.
On to the important part… how do they taste. Well, that depends on who you ask. I just threw a few in my mouth to chew on while writing this piece. Key word here is “chew”. Because thats what you do with these, you chew. Now, thats not a bad thing! But, its somewhat unexpected the first time you eat them.
First, lets clean this up a bit and clarify the difference between the two samples we got. The Premium Organic have a firm outer skin on them and should be soaked in water overnight to soften them up. Now, these are the traditional style Tiger Nuts enjoyed by “seasoned veterans” of chewing. The Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts (pictured) are the leading seller in America. A special machine is used in processing that removes the outer skin, making them ready to eat out of the bag. Still, chewing is a requirement here.
Taste: No real flavor to them until you start to chew. Then you get a woody, nutty flavor that transitions into a sweetness that lingers for the rest of the chew. Funny, this is one of those foods that no matter how much you chew, your brain tells you to keep chewing… kind of like coconut! Giulia didn’t like them. She’s 10. Now, I didn’t expect anything different at first try, but she has a good pallet and if she gave them a chance over time, she might come to enjoy them. Lisa? No good for her either… because she hates to chew. It’s a problem, I know! We laugh about this all the time. Me? I liked them! A little questionable at first, I will admit. But after going back to the bag a few times over the last week, they’ve grown on me. I also had my mom try them. She has Celiac disease as well and is always looking for a safe snack to have. She enjoyed them as well, and described perfectly why. “Because you have to chew!” Are you seeing a pattern here?
Sometimes you just want to chew. Not because you’re hungry, but because your teeth need something to do. This is a great snack for that. A serving size is about 20 Tiger Nuts (14 grams), at 70 calories. Each serving has 3.2 grams of dietary fiber in 8 grams of carbs. 20 of these things in one sitting is probably too much for us amateurs. I was good with 10 or 12… that seemed to be enough.
End result: Its a split decision. I highly recommend trying them because I think it’s important to try new things. For all of you chewers out there (you know who you are!), I think this is the snack for you. It’s healthy and satisfies hunger pangs without consuming a lot of them. Maybe it’s because our brain is tricked into thinking were eating a 5 course meal with all the chewing going on!
Check them out! they’re a fun company with a niche product that I think a lot of people will enjoy. You can order directly from their website.
Special thanks to Jack, the Chief Nut at Tiger Nuts for allowing us the opportunity to check out his …! (sorry, couldn’t resist)